Many readers were impressed with yesterday’s “06880” post about Kurt Gibson — the former Westporter/”Amazing Race” star/cancer survivor.
Some remembered him from when he grew up here. Robin Weinberg recalled meeting Kurt a few years ago in Houston, at an M.D. Anderson Cancer Center conference.
Robin is involved with Just So You Know. The Westport-based non-profit partners with hospitals and cancer support groups around the country. They help people diagnosed with serious illnesses talk, reminisce, ask and answer questions. Sharing stories is a great way to connect meaningfully with loved ones and close friends.
Robin and Kurt discovered their Westport connection. They stayed in touch through the years. The Just So You Know video he recorded was picked up by Ultimate Frisbee publications — he’s one of the top players in the world — and posted on various websites. Kurt’s story impacted countless people.
My “06880” story noted that, when Kurt’s cancerous colon was removed, he worked for IBM.
Robin fills in the rest:
After Kurt was laid off from his job, another incredible thing happened in his already astonishing life.
It involved meeting Al Carey — former CEO of Frito-Lay North America, currently CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverage, and then and now a Weston resident.
Kurt told the story in his Just So You Know video. Here’s the short version:
And the long one:
Both are — well, amazing.